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March 3, 2013

posted Mar 1, 2013, 11:23 AM by Diane Lapinski

Stations of the Cross: During Lent, Stations of the Cross will be Fridays at 7:00pm and at 1:30pm except on Friday, March 8.


Fridays of Lent: All Fridays of Lent are days when Catholics must abstain from eating meat.


Adoration: During Lent, please consider dropping into Church on Thursdays to make a “Holy Hour” before the Blessed Sacrament. The Eucharist is on the altar from 7:30am Thursday til 7:00am Friday. If you can’t spend 60 minutes in the church, how about 30?


Year of Faith Banner: This is located on the church wall between the 1st and 2nd stations banners. Here is an explanation of its symbolism:

A boat, symbolizing the church is depicted as sailing on a graphically minimal representation of waves. The main mast of the boat is a cross from which sails are displayed in the form of dynamic signs which compose the trigram of Christ (I H S). The background to the sails is a circle representing the sun and also referring to the Eucharist.


Annual Catholic Appeal: This week we all should have received a letter from Bishop Mark Bartchak announcing our 2013 Diocesan Annual Catholic Appeal. Because we were beginning our own    Parish Capital Campaign last year at this time, OLV was exempted from the 2012 ACA. But this year, we need to raise $133,917 to support the work of our Diocesan Church. Because many of us are departing for Spring Break this week, I will speak at all Masses the weekend of March 16/17 when we are all together again. In the meantime, I invite you to read the Bishop’s letter to our parish below:


Dear Msgr. Lockard and the faith community of Our Lady of Victory Parish,


    At the time he established the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI noted that “to proclaim fruitfully the Word of the Gospel one is first asked to have a profound experience of God.” As a community of faith, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown strives to provide such meaningful experiences through the many ministries,    programs and liturgies throughout the year.

    I have been deeply moved by the ways in which our Catholic faith is proclaimed and shared across all generations. Our diocesan ministries accomplish this through the generosity of the faithful through initiatives such as the Annual Catholic Appeal.

    Today, I humbly seek the support of the people of Our Lady of Victory Parish through their financial gifts and talents to the Annual Catholic Appeal with a parish goal of $133,917. All    additional receipts over this amount will be returned to the parish for its own pressing needs.

    I wish to thank you in advance for your generosity and for whatever level of support you are able to share during the holy season of Lent. Please know that you are in my prayers as together we seek to use the talents God has given us. May God bless you for your generosity during this Year of Faith!


Sincerely in Christ,



Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak

Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown